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Here we are, tough Mainers, plodding through the snow, the freezing temperatures, and worse of all, the ice, taking January in stride. But we have some interesting activities going on if you can sit in front of a Zoom screen now and then.

Searsport Families at Sea and at Home is a course at Belfast Senior College for four Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. starting Jan. 19. Cipperly Good, curator at the Penobscot Marine Museum, will be presenting a series that spotlights Searsport families taken from journal entries in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Participants will have the opportunity to transcribe and record some of these for future exhibits. You do need a membership to Belfast Senior College and the course is $27. All can be had by going to their website.

Life on the Bay Series at the Penobscot Marine Museum

This is a Zoom series starting on Thursday, Jan. 27, at  6 p.m. with speaker David Gelinas, a tugboat pilot, who will discuss Maine’s state Pilotage Program and how it is practiced on Penobscot Bay. This will be an interesting and informative talk covering state law requirements for foreign flag ships, and the role of the state pilot, training and local practices. Two other topics will be Lobster Boat Races on Feb. 3, 6 p.m., with Jon Johansen, and then a talk about the restoration of the New Jersey tall ship, AJ Meerwald, on Feb. 17, 6 p.m. There is a $5 fee for the series. You can reserve your tickets at tiny.one/BayLife.

If you are interested in watching Select Board meetings in Searsport and you don’t have the right cable channel in place, you can go to the town website on your computer and stream them. The Select Board meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month; Planning Board is the second Monday, Historic Preservation is third Thursday of the month. Currently the Budget Advisory Committee is meeting every Thursday at 6 p.m. this month. A calendar on the site can keep you up-to-date.

Speaking of calendars, if you need a home paper calendar to keep track of all that is going on in town, this is a reminder that Historic Preservation Commission has its historical calendars for sale at the Town Office for $10 which funds various preservation projects in town.

Reminder: Carver Memorial Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Came across an interesting website that lists all those obscure secular special days. Just to keep you in the know, Jan. 14 is World Logic Day (I don’t think THAT has been celebrated in a while) and Jan. 15 is Intestinal Malration Day … I don’t think I want to know what goes on for that one!

Have a good week, Searsport!